Monday, May 22, 2006

More can be important. Anne's thoughts on snapshots and how digital cameras have in effect redistributed the value of representation strikes me as a partial answer to Jasper's concern about how blogs might create a social imaginary that substitutes for social action, i.e., genuine collectivity. I'm not a digital utopian, but I do think it's possible that the digital is capable of enabling that more without necessarily subtracting from the value of what is. Increasingly convinced that structural analysis and structural solutions are inadequate without the daily willing of one's values. There is no "outside" and to be placed outside is no guarantee of virtue. We must all in some way individually confront the contradictions of our lives without hoping that some transcendental chess move on our part might remove them.

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